“They knew my work ethic. They knew what I was able to accomplish.” The company didn’t want to lose her, so they found a new role for her that could continue to tap into her sales skills. Says Roxanne Lagano, chief human resources officer at Zoetis: “Our philosophy is if we’ve got good people who are doing a great job for the company, we will make arrangements so they can continue working for us. If that means having these remote arrangements—and this happens most frequently for working mothers—we will accommodate those.”

The music industry all over the world can never be over saturated. This is because of the fact that as long as one has the talent and is able to whip up great music, then the door is broad. As such, if you have the talent, then you may want to consider being a recording artiste. This is a type of business that can be started by a stay at home mum, or a working class one.

Do you have a passion for fashion? Would you love to have your own fashion boutique, but don’t have the funds to invest in a brick and mortar storefront? No problem. The direct sales industry has made it easier than ever to have your very own home-based business within the fashion world. Companies like cabi, Stella & Dot, and India Hicks have home business opportunities that are affordable and easy to set up.


If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? Take my friend, Mark Jackson's lead with what he's doing to build a travel consulting side business idea. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals and eventually you could spin this business idea into a full-time consultancy teaching people how to make your dream trip a reality.
Veronica V., Have you found anything yet? You said you are great with customer service and sales. Have you ever thought about direct sales? I am a consultant for Rodan+Fields, an anti-aging company founded by the very same dermatologists that created ProActiv. We are not a party company (though if you like hosting parties you sure can). We don’t have any quotas. I would love to talk to you if interested! Thanks!
My company let’s me work from home 3 days a week, while it’s not official – I do put in about 10 hours on the days I do come in, and while I make myself available during the regular 8:30 – 5:30 PM work window, I do a lot of my work in chunks – ie an hour goes in before she wakes up, 1 1/2 hours while she’s feeding and comfortable being worn, 2 hours during nap time, and another 2 1/2 hours once dad gets home around 4. This is give or take any day of the week of course, but it lets me flex around daughter’s schedule. It’s tough though, I don’t eat very regularly or get any house work done during the week it feels like. I’d much rather be around to watch her grow though, and the fact she always has a parent around is good I think – even if we can’t devote every minute to her, she still gets a lot of attention.
Set up a personal workspace where you keep everything you need for your e-business. Even if you don’t have a spare room available for an office, buy a desk and create an area completely devoted to your small business. Our environment plays a big part in establishing our habits, so having a space dedicated to work will help shift your mindset into business mode.
I have a 7 month old baby, and have been running Snoack Studios, a web and graphic design company, for almost 5 years from home, I love it! We specialize in designing and developing WordPress websites, and also offer logos, business cards and any other print and digital marketing collateral a business may need! – Shannon Noak at http://www.snoackstudios.com
When it comes to creating to-do lists while you work virtually, learn to adopt a more flexible style of list-making. Order your list by priority, and identify which ones can be done while multitasking. You can try to get your entire list done every day, but the reality is life will get in the way repeatedly. Rather than set yourself up for failure, learn to be more flexible in your expectations and goals. The best plan of action is to identify what is most important and work from there.
You could probably send a gift basket to someone for just about anything going on in their life. From birthdays, holidays, get well wishes or congratulations, gift baskets are one of the perfect ways a person can let someone know they are thinking of them. As a business opportunity, if you love doing something on the creative side, this could be an ideal business for you. There are various ways to enter this business – from starting it on your own from scratch to working with an established franchise. A quick search online for gift basket franchises should turn up some ideas if you decide to go that route.
To be a psychic you should really have a genuine interest in and understanding of the supernatural. Many people in the business put on a show for their clients, but true psychics have a powerful intuition that allows them to serve others in a variety of situations. A person who is able to empathize with others, listen to them describe their problems, and then offer advice that is relevant to the circumstances and the situation will succeed in this business. As the nature of the services is very personal, customers need to trust the psychic who is offering these services. And, likewise, a professional psychic should also be trustworthy, always careful not to exaggerate their abilities.
And so I have struggled to find solutions and workarounds to this dilemma. When Stacy wrote about the study that found working moms' self-esteem is at risk when their partners are competent helpers, I read with interest and pondered whether this is true in my case. It may be, but I have to ignore it because that is one of my workarounds. I'm lucky enough to have a husband who truly loves to be a father and is very good at it. He also values my need to have an identity beyond "mom" and has recently rearranged his work schedule to provide me with a few hours in the morning dedicated to writing.
Moms are fairly gifted in helping their own children learn new concepts and ideas, and this skill is easily transferrable to being an online tutor. The higher level of education you have in a certain subject, the more money you can make. Ages of students that need tutors range from elementary all the way to college. You can use websites to connect you with students, post an ad, or let people know about the services you are offering by word of mouth.
5) Start working on baby’s nighttime routine early. I did this with my kids and by 3 months they slept through the night. (Getting up at 5 AM is sleeping through the night right?) So wouldn’t we want them to sleep more during the day? No. If they are getting enough rest at night and taking naps during the day, then they are content little ones. Getting this routine early is important for later on. That way you can also work or do busy work (paperwork) at night.
People who love dogs and other people may be well-suited for owning a dog training business, as the work involves interacting with both dogs and their owners. Patience is another valuable attribute, because training dogs often requires repeating the same drill multiple times. Dog training businesses usually operate during the day, which can make it difficult to run a business while keeping a traditional day job.
Parenting is lovely and amazing, but we know it’s hard enough as it is (and it’s already an all-consuming full-time gig). Adding an outside job on top of that has the possibility of making you feel overwhelmed and unable to focus on your family, your hobbies, your relaxation, and yourself. Check out some jobs that offer the promise of a nice balance of work, family, and life outside of your many obligations.

If you want to run a business from home that costs next-to-nothing and uses skills you already possess, an acting classes business is ideal. Actors usually come from a long background of disciplined training and continue to learn on the job every day. Having that kind of experience can make teaching a whole lot easier. With enough space, you can start an acting classes business in your living room, den, basement, garage--really, anywhere you have the space! As you grow your business, you may consider expanding into a studio, but your home is a great starting point.
Zeitcaster is a location-based service that delivers local event data. They frequently hire part-time data entry clerks to input time and location data, as well as categorize each event. Data Entry clerks are assigned to different types of events based on employee interest, for example: Art, Children & Family, Nature & Outdoors, etc. Pay is around $15/hour, likely dependent on location.
This business is right for an individual who has an affinity for the written word and language in general. If you are a voracious reader, enjoy expressing yourself, and have a way with words, you should give consideration to working as a freelance writer. This line of work is also ideal for those who enjoy autonomy. The typical freelance writer does not have to deal with an overbearing boss. However, freelance writers must meet tight deadlines, satisfy clients' nuanced demands, and create captivating content.
Collectively, the eight women interviewed have years of work-at-home, stay-at-home mom advice to share. If you’re considering this lifestyle, there is a treasure trove of information below. While working at home is becoming more prevalent as technology rapidly develops, it can still be hard to find other parents to give you insight into what it is really like before you take the plunge. Today that changes!
If you've got the attitude (and look), there should be a product or service out there on the hunt for the right model to promote their brand as a side business idea. You can sign up with a large agency, find a freelance agent, or look for your own modeling gigs as an independent talent. Since modeling is a complex field, get all the advice you need before jumping right in and find a mentor who can guide you through some of the early challenges it'll take to establish your brand. Depending on your preference, you can specialize in a single media format such as video or still images, to build a compelling portfolio and grow this into a business idea that has the potential to scale.
I have spent hours upon hours trying to find legitimate work at home opportunities but every job site is filled with scammy sounding posts about working at home. So I decided I'm going to stick with my job and just switch to sales so I can keep working from home. It may be commission but I know the company and feel comfortable with it. We have a build it yourself Flash website program. They're $200 one time, no contracts. If you want to sell these user tracks the commission is 35%. ($70 per site you sell) Email me at kelly@flashfactory.com if you're interested. I know its tough out there!!
If you can create a regular audience for your podcast on a specific topic, this is a great way to get sponsors and fund this side business idea. My podcast, The Side Hustle Project is actually my current side business idea, and because I had an existing audience here on my blog at the time I launched the show, I was able to broker a $5,000 sponsorship from Freshbooks to place ads on the first ten episodes before I even got started.
Vintage clothing is all the rage, and many people would rather buy their clothes from eBay than go thrift shopping for themselves. Use this to your advantage by finding some great clothing at your local thrift shops, fixing it up at home and then listing it online. You don’t have to stop at clothes either. You may have a love for vintage or secondhand jewelry or even vintage brand-related products.
Hand knit hats, scarves, wallets are always hot items to sell online or at local craft fairs. You can even offer custom designs so the items are more personalized based on your clients preference. You can sell your craft at Etsy and even sell your own patterns there. And by the way, Etsy supports this craft that they won’t charge a commission for the sale of your own pattern!
As a former home child care provider, I can say with all honesty, planning ahead is just not apparent to some working parents! Breaks, teacher work days, Illness and snow days, over the years I have seen parents freak out! I have had calls asking what time does school open? What time is dismissal? When does summer break start! Planning, being organized is essential if you want to have a happy, healthy family.
Car flipping can be a fun way to turn your love for cars into a quick side business idea if you have the capital and a stomach for the inherent risk. Buying and selling cars is similar to other “buy low, sell high” business models, but the profit potential per hour invested can be very high. According to Jeremy Fisher at 3HourFlip.com, the trick is to learn how to make car deals come to you, so you can minimize your time invested and maximize your profit on each flip with this side business idea.
If that isn’t enough, you can expand your services to include pet grooming as an extra side business idea. To do that, you'll need to have relevant training, an operating license depending on your location, and pet grooming equipment. According to PayScale, pet groomers have an average salary range of $17,600 to $48,500. Not bad as a side business  idea if you can find a way to get in most of your clients on the weekends.
I love being able to set my own working hours, which allows me to do all the school drop-offs and pick-ups, and not caring peanuts about my appearance (unless I'm doing a conference call, in which case I will try to at least make my top half look semi-presentable). I have complete control over when I work, where I work, and, to a certain extent, how much I earn. 
Chiropractic clinics are an alternative modality that supplement conventional medicine. Their aim is to improve spinal mobility. This usually also means adjusting various parts of the spine, including the low, middle, and upper back area, as well as the neck. Patients often choose this type of therapy when they are dissatisfied with conventional treatments or want pain relief that conventional medicine does not offer.
If you have a knack for connecting with people and the willingness to take on some risk, a commission-based freelance sales role could be a great side business idea for you. Many startups seek part-time and commission-only salespeople, especially when they're just getting started, which means you'll often be able to make this a home based business idea. Develop your sales strategies, become an inside sales rep and perfect your cold calling skills on the side in your free time for nothing but commission, negotiate a little equity and you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds. Start your sales education with the acclaimed books, Secrets of a Master Closer and To Sell is Human by famed bestselling author Daniel Pink and you'll be well on your way to getting this side business idea off the ground.
Cambly is an online, foreign language, tutoring platform that lets individuals practice their language skills with a native speaker. Online tutors make 17 cents per minute ($10.20 per hour) talking to paying Cambly users. To get started, you must be a native English or Spanish speaker; you must have a webcam and Internet connection. Payments are made via PayPal.

You won't get the long stretches of uninterrupted time you used to get before your little one entered the picture, but you will get some solid chunks of time while he or she naps. Use this time to do the things you can't do holding your baby, such as interviewing, preparing mailers, or taking notes. Other things, such as keyboarding, can be accomplished with your baby in a sling, so you can save those for when your baby is awake. – Jennifer Roland of Freelance Writer


People who like dogs and caring for them may be interested in opening a dog breeding business. A business owner should be in good enough physical condition to interact with, care for and play with puppies -- which are often on the floor. Business owners also usually help female dogs with births, so owners should be able to make themselves available when a dog goes into labor. It also helps to not be off-put by the birthing process.
Before I had the baby, I thought I had it all figured out. I'm already an excellent multi-tasker. I would work while the baby napped, put him in the sling or swing if needed while he was awake, and work at night if absolutely necessary. But I have a baby who doesn't nap much at all, doesn't care for the sling and by nightfall I am too exhausted to speak, let alone put words together for other people to read. On top of that, I've discovered that as a writer, working in bits and spurts can be very hard to do; when the words and ideas are flowing, it's not always simple to put it aside and pick it up again later.

Staying at home with your children is a luxury that many mothers simply can’t afford. But when you don’t want to go back to the office, there is a compromise. Setting up your own business even when you are a stay at home mum is a definite possibility, and you could end up making more than your previous salary if you do it right. Here are six business ideas for stay-at-home moms that might work for you.
Fiverr is a great place for first-time freelancers who might not have tons of experience and want to build up a portfolio of their work. You'll be able to complete simple tasks ranging from logo design, to creating animations, or even drawing a company logo on your forehead. While this side business idea likely won't be growing into a million dollar startup for you, it can still be a platform for funding your next big business idea. Want to learn more about Fiverr's history and how to get the most out of selling on the platform? Listen to my interview with Fiverr CEO Micha Kaufman.
PwC had not yet rolled out its flexible-work policy when Carly returned from maternity leave in 2010. She had just taken on a new national role as PwC’s diversity and inclusion recruiting director. Her boss was based in Washington, DC, she was based in Atlanta, and her colleagues were spread throughout the United States. She realized she was commuting 40 minutes each way to the office only to connect with her team by phone and email. A few months into it, she raised the possibility of working from home full-time to her boss, who agreed. “There are a lot of pros that people might not see, so don’t be afraid to ask,” Carly says.
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